In a few words, Razvan Albu is a singer, guitarist and songwriter from Bucharest, Romania.
But the real story begins during a 6-year stay in the U.S. and Canada, when Razvan discovered his innate talent to write, arrange and perform music. He first recorded on a 4-track - loose, relaxed arrangements built around drums, bass, electric guitar and vocals. As time went on, Razvan's music evolved and by 2001 so many recordings had been made that a first demo album, Dreams, was released.
Starting with September 2006 and until July 2007, Razvan recorded 7 new tracks at his home studio in Bucharest. The new EP, all in Romanian and entitled Jocuri Fara Nume (i.e. Games Without Names), was mixed at Bias Studios and mastered at Cue Recording in Virginia, USA. The new release garnered significant attention, which translated into various radio and live appearances.
Razvan finalized his 2nd major solo album - entirely in English and entitled Straw Man - in May 2010. The album is a rough concept on media manipulation and control and introduces a harder, guitar-oriented rock sound. Most of the guitar solos and bass parts were performed by virtuoso David Berry. The album was mixed at Farview Recording and mastered at Massive Mastering in Chicago, USA. Straw Man was noted by several Bucharest-based radio stations such as City FM (the track Backdoor charted in the top 20), as well as various online publications. Invited live on the air at the national radio station, Razvan talked about his music to a large audience and performed some of his songs in an acoustic format.
Following two live appearances at the club Fabrica as lead singer of the band Stonebox, Razvan formed a new band, Scarlet Starlet, recording 2 singles and accompanying videos in 2014 (which can be watched here and here). In 2013, Scarlet Starlet also managed to play one of the most iconic venues in Romania, Sala Palatului, to over 1,500 people. Razvan was also associated with the bands Twin Picks and Fried Friend; the latter closed the first evening of Padina Fest 2016 with Razvan performing lead vocal duties.
In 2016, a new solo album was published, entitled This Life. Several collaborations ensued during the making of the album, with industry pros such as Jason Falloon (covering guitar duties for Queen’s Roger Taylor solo work) or Adrian Ciuplea (bassist for Vița de Vie and Platonic Band), among others. The album garnered attention and more radio appearances followed.
Razvan is planning to launch a new EP, called Wine & Cigarettes, in the near future. The record will consist of four songs, using a minimalistic and acoustic-oriented sound.
And so the story continues...